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How To Install Windows Media Player On Windows 10 And 11.

Windows Media Player used to come as standard in all versions of the Windows operating system. But not so much in Windows 10 & Windows 11. Microsoft is trying to replace it with lightweight apps that, whilst they do work, aren’t fully fledged replacements.

However, if WMP is missing from your version of Windows, you can easily install it.

Check To See If Windows Media Player Is Already Installed.

I know that this seems fairly obvious, but have you checked to see if WMP is already on your system? If you’re using Windows 10, then you probably do have WMP installed already, it’s just a little more difficult to find using the start menu. If you’ve got Windows 11, then it’s more variable, sometimes it is there and sometimes not.

Either way, before you do anything else, click the Start button and type windows media player

If it is installed, you’ll see it appear as an app in the search results, if it isn’t installed, then you’ll only the web results.

Windows 11 start menu open. Windows Media Player has been typed into search box. WMP is indicated in search results.
Windows Media Player is already installed.
Searching for Windows Media Player on Windows 11 computer..
WMP isn’t installed.

How To Install Windows Media Player.

Windows Media Player is an optional extra in some versions of Windows. To install it on your system, click the Start button and type optional features

On Windows 10, click MANAGE OPTIONAL FEATURES.

On Windows 11, click OPTIONAL FEATURES.

Windows 10 start menu open. Optional features has been typed into search box. Manage Optional Features is indicated in search results.
Windows 10.
Windows 11 start menu open. Optional features has been typed into search box. Optional Features is indicated in search results.
Windows 11.

Windows Optional Features.

When the Optional Features page opens,

In Windows 10, click Add A Feature.

In Windows 11, in the “Add an optional feature” section, click the View Features button.

Windows 10 optional features page. Add a feature is marked.
To install Windows Media Player on Windows 10, click Add A Feature.
View features button highlighted in Windows 11.
To Install Windows Media Player on Windows 11, click the View Features button.

Installing Windows Media Player.

On the “Add An Optional Feature” page, scroll right to the bottom of the list to find Windows Media Player, select it by clicking in the box and then click the NEXT button or the Install button.

Windows Media Player selected in Windows 10.
In Windows 10, select WMP and then click the Install button.
Windows Media Player selected in Windows 11.
In Windows 11, select WMP and then click the Next button.

If you’re using Windows 10, after clicking the Install button, Windows Media Player will be installed, there’s nothing else for you to do.

In Windows 11, there’s one more step, you need to click the Install button.

And that’s it, after a few moments you should be able to go to the start menu and launch WMP.

Install button indicated.
In Windows 11, you need to click the Install button.
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